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Top 10 scams targeting seniors

From the National Council on Aging

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[October 12, 2012]  Financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they're now considered "the crime of the 21st century."  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Nursing home oral health care matters

Elderly people who live in nursing homes are at greater risk for oral health problems compared with elderly people who live independently, according to a study published in the July-August 2002 issue of General Dentistry, the clinical, peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of General Dentistry.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Atlanta Public Library announces new program for seniors

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Public Library invites the community to a series of monthly events for seniors. The series is called "This Golden Age" and is about making life matter no matter how old you are. This Golden Age tackles topics of particular interest to people over 50. The monthly events begin Oct. 16 and are scheduled for nine Tuesdays.  (Click here for the rest of the story.) 

From the Lincoln Police Department

Beware of door-to-door handymen preying on seniors

The Lincoln Police Department has taken several complaints from senior citizens over the past several months regarding lawn care companies and tree trimming businesses that are not performing the amount of work they are being paid for. These complaints have involved large amounts of money, and the scamming companies appear to be targeting seniors.   (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Medical identity theft rising: Steps to protect yourself

(ARA) -- Two million Americans fall victim to medical identity theft each year, according to a study by the Ponemon Institute, commissioned by Experian's ProtectMyID. While medical identity theft costs victims an average of $22,346, the potential impact can be far greater -- medical identity theft could cost some victims their health, or even their lives.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Medicare fines over hospitals' readmitted patients

WASHINGTON (AP) -- If you or an elderly relative have been hospitalized recently and noticed extra attention when the time came to be discharged, there's more to it than good customer service.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)


Social Security

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The issue:  Unless Congress acts, the trust funds that support Social Security will run out of money in 2033, according to the trustees who oversee the retirement and disability program. At that point, Social Security would collect only enough tax revenue each year to pay about 75 percent of benefits. That benefit cut wouldn't sit well with the millions of older Americans who rely on Social Security for most of their income.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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Your money has a lifespan, too

(ARA) -- Ever tried to calculate how long you might live? How much you'll need to save for retirement? If you retire at age 65, are you financially prepared to live 30 more years? Or, will you outlive your money?   (Click here for the rest of the story.)

Local caretakers learn how to prevent falls in the home

The Oasis Senior Center in Lincoln was the location for a "Lunch and Learn" seminar over the noon hour on Tuesday. The program was entitled "Minimizing the Risk of Falls in the Home by Implementing Simple Changes."   (Click here for the rest of the story.)

The lottery scam:
Think you've won the lottery? Think again

(ARA) -- You've probably dreamed about what you'd do if you won the lottery -- quit your job, build your dream home or even donate a large sum of money to your favorite charity. The allure of a huge amount of money falling into your lap cannot be denied. Scammers know these dreams and feelings well, and prey on them, making lottery and sweepstakes scams one of the most prevalent types of scams out there, according to the Better Business Bureau.  (Click here for the rest of the story.)

State recognizes September as Healthy Aging Month, urges seniors to get flu shots

Getting a vaccination this month will protect through the entire flu season

SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Department on Aging Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., reminds the public that September is Healthy Aging Month, an annual health observance that focuses attention on the positive aspects of growing older. The observance proves to be a good time for older adults to assess how they are doing and take preventive measures regarding their health. (Click here for the rest of the story.)

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